LWS101, Semester 1 2019

Assessment 2: Problem Solving Exercise

Due Date: Tuesday 30 April 2019 (note that you must submit your assignment online, via the submission link, before midnight – late submissions will not be marked and you will be awarded a grade of 0)

Weight: 40%

Maximum Work Limit 1600 words (this word limit includes all headings, in-text references, direct quotes, sections of the Codes but excludes the reference list and any cover sheet). Please note there is no 10% lee-way. Words exceeding the stipulated word count will not be taken into account. Of course, you may submit with less than 1600 words.

Students must:

 Not copy the facts of the question and include them in your assignment unnecessarily.  Identify the exact number of words in your problem solving exercise on the first page of your

assignment. If it is found that you have inaccurately recorded the total number of words, and your assignment is found to be over the word limit, material contained in the body of the assignment that appears over the word limit will not be marked.

 Not exceed a word count of 1600 words. As noted about there is no leeway of 10% (except that you can submit less than 1600 words). Words exceeding 1600 words will not be marked.

 Reference in accordance with APA (see for further information on this referencing style) – but follow the style below for cases/legislation (see also the assignment FAQ document).

 Attach a complete reference list of sources (not included in the 1600 word limit) (see for information on what should be included).

o Referencing Cases: When referencing cases in-text, you only need to include the name

of the case (e.g. Donoghue v Stevenson). In your reference list, you are required to include the full legal citation (e.g. Donoghue v Stevenson [1932] AC 562).

 Note: If cases are referred to in textbooks, you will sometimes find the full citations in the endnotes or footnotes of the relevant chapter of that text, or in the table of cases at the beginning of the book.

o Referencing Legislation: To reference legislation in-text, you need to include the name of the Act and section number (e.g. Coroners Act, s 43). In your reference list, you need to use the full legal citation (e.g. Coroners Act 1958 (Qld)).

 Note: If legislation is referred to in textbooks, you will sometimes find the full citation in the endnotes or footnotes of the relevant chapter of that text.

o Referencing the Codes: The Codes are published sources and therefore full references must be provided for the Codes. See for details (APA>Government and Corporate Documents>Professional Standard).

 Not attach appendices to your problem solving exercise.  Use 12 pt, times new roman font with 1.5 spacing.

Please note:

 Members of the LWS101 teaching team will not review drafts of the assignment.

Ning is a registered nurse who works for Queensland Health in a school-based youth health-nurse

program where young registered nurses are placed in secondary schools to work with students, staff

and parents. Nurses such as Ning promote health and wellbeing, and connect students with other

health services if required.

A 16 year old female student called Sabrina has been seeing Ning on a regular basis. Sabrina is a quiet

student who does not appear to have a strong friendship group. Often she just wants to chat. Ning is

comfortable seeing Sabrina alone and providing her with advice about her health as she has been

assessed as Gillick competent. However, Ning has been a little concerned about Sabrina’s mental

health lately as she seems down and disillusioned with school. On this particular day, Sabrina looks

very tired and concerned. After a short discussion, Sabrina discloses to Ning that she thinks she might

be pregnant. Ning listens as Sabrina describes her symptoms and notes she has not had a period for

three months. Ning conducts a pregnancy test based on a urine sample provided by Sabrina and it

reads positive. Sabrina becomes quite agitated and upset when Ning advises her that she has

produced a positive sample. Sabrina knows who the father is, but discloses only that it is a boy at her

school and gives no further information.

Ning suggests that she call Sabrina’s parents and, together, they can work out how things should

progress, but Sabrina looks horrified and refuses. When Ning asks why Sabrina says,

‘Dad will kill me. Look what he did when I broke a glass the other night. I can’t imagine what

he will do if he finds out I’m pregnant!’

Sabrina raises her shirt sleeves to reveal three large bruises on her upper body. Ning assesses that it

would have taken a significant amount of force to inflict the bruises. She is quite shocked.

Sabrina continues,

‘Please Ning, you can’t tell anyone about this. I can deal with it. I don’t want my parents to


Ning reassures Sabrina, provides advice about pregnancy care and nutrition and writes the name and

contact details of an obstetrician on a slip of paper. However when Sabrina leaves she doesn’t take

the paper with the obstetrician’s details on it.

Ning is very concerned about Sabrina’s welfare. She is particularly worried that Sabrina is not safe at

home, but feels she should contact Sabrina’s mother to tell her about the pregnancy. She is concerned

Sabrina will seek an abortion without receiving proper advice.

Apply the legal and ethical decision making framework to this scenario.

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